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Let locals set own minimum wage rate in New York

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As a result of legislation passed in 2013, New York’s state’s minimum wage was raised this year from $7.25 per hour to $8, and will continue to go up in phases to $9 by 2016. This is better than the federal minimum, which is still stuck at $7.25 an hour, but still not nearly enough to lift workers out of poverty, especially in New York City, where housing and other costs are so high. If ...

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dagiacalone
April 23, 2014
8:27 a.m.

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Proof of the need for local minimum wage legislation: A housing report discussed in detail in yesterday's Washington Post (April 22) says that to afford the rent and utilities for a "modest" one-bedroom apartment, a person working a 40-hour week would need to make, for example, $14.42 an hour in Albany, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties, $25.17 in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, $10.96 in Erie County (Buffalo), and $9.81 in Allegany County.

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